Barnard College Summer Astroparticle Colloquium Series 2021
The Astroparticle Summer Colloquium Series at Barnard College consists of a series of lectures and seminars given by scientists on a diverse array of research topics. The goal of these lectures is to introduce the student to cutting edge research happening in the fields of physics and astronomy. In 2021, the colloquium series will be held online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The program will run from June 10 to July 30 with talks held at 1 PM EDT on Thursdays. Lectures will be 40 min long to allow enough time for discussions after the talks. Speakers will also discuss their career paths and their journeys into the world of physics and astronomy. Speakers will come from a diverse set of STEM careers.
The Barnard Astroparticle Summer Series is complementary to the Nevis Labs REU summer lectures that will be held from June 10 to July 30, weekly at 1PM EDT on some Tuesdays. The Nevis REU series consists of talks followed by a “virtual” (hybrid or remote-only) lab visit, where scientists will showcase their day-to-day work/activities. We invite students to join the Nevis REU Series this summer and take advantage of the 1 PM talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be exposed to a rich and diverse set of scientific research in physics and astronomy.
Please fill in the following form if you would like to participate. This step is necessary in order for you to receive a Zoom link invitation. (Please note that you have to register just once for the entire series).
Title: Astroparticle Physics: Cosmic Mysteries & Introduction to the Barnard Summer Colloquium Series
Speaker: Reshmi Mukherjee (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Readings: The following CERN Courier articles are good background reading:
- Cherenkov Telescope Array is set to open new windows
- A New Way to Study High Energy GammaRays
- Supernova remnants accelerate cosmic rays
June 22 (Tuesday talk: Note special day)
Title: What water tanks in Mexico can tell us about powerful particle accelerators in the universe?
Speaker: Henrike Fleischhack (NASA & Catholic University of America)
- Presentation pdf file (Fleischhack)
Title: Hunting for ghost particles at the South Pole
Speaker: Anna Frankowiak (DESY, Germany)
- DESY Press release: Ghost particle from shredded star reveals cosmic particle accelerator
- DESY Press release: Breakthrough in the search for cosmic particle accelerators
- A Nature article: A tidal disruption event coincident with a high-energy neutrino
Nevis Labs REU Lectures
Title: RARAF (The Radiological Research Accelerator Facility)
Speaker: G. Garty (Columbia University)
- To be posted
Title: Searching for exotic physics with an underground cryogenic detector (CUORE)
Speaker: Reina Maruyama (Yale University)
- Is the neutrino its own antiparticle?
- Presentation pdf file (Maruyama)
Nevis Labs REU Lectures
Title: Unraveling the very-high-energy Universe with ground-based Cherenkov telescopes
Speaker: M. Capasso (Barnard College, Nevis Labs)
- Cherenkov Light: Explain it in 60 seconds
- The Cherenkov Telescope Array: A Youtube video
- Two mirrors and a new camera for a sharper view: the Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope
- Presentation pdf file (Capasso)
Title: Mapping highly energetic messengers throughout the Universe
Speaker: Sara Buson ( University of Würzburg)
- Neutrinos Linked With Cosmic Source for the First Time
- What is it like to stare down the barrel of a black hole? Blazars explained
- Multimessenger observations of a flaring blazar coincident with high-energy neutrino IceCube-170922
An excellent review article for those who wish to explore in depth: Astrophysical Sources of High-Energy Neutrinos in the IceCube Era
- Presentation pdf file (Buson)
Title: Recent developments in photodetection for Astroparticle Physics
Speaker: Francesco Giordano (Università degli Studi di Bari, INFN - Bari)
- Find out what a Silicon Photomultiplier is and how it works
- HERD, the High Energy cosmic-Radiation Detection facility
- Presentation pdf file (Giordano)
Title: A graduate student's life building a novel dual-mirror telescope
Speaker: Deivid Ribeiro (Columbia University)
- Live feed from Arizona - Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope
- Detection of the Crab Nebula by the pSCT!
- See a youtube video of the pSCT being built
- Presentation pdf file (Ribeiro)
Title: Ghostly Beams: The wonderful world of accelerator neutrinos
Speaker: Anne Norrick (Fermi National Accelerator Lab)
As has been the tradition, the closing lecture is given by a Barnard College alumna. Anne Norrick, postdoctoral research associate with the NOvA experiment, and Barnard alum will tell us about her research and her path to science.
Symmetry magazine: Neutrino oscillations
- Presentation pdf file (Norrick)